Career Possibilities: Medical Affairs - Communications, Publications, Medical Science Liaison

In the world of business, careers are no longer linear or predictable. What was once a clearly sign-posted path as you progressed through milestones, a career road map is now circuitous presenting new challenges and opportunities at every bend. Life-long careers in one sector or one company are becoming a rarity as new technologies and shifting social norms disrupt traditional careers. Both employers and employees are seeking more diversity of experience, lifestyle flexibility and alternative paths.

This panel is designed to help you think about your career path and the different options that are open to you. The panel will have an informational interview type feel with panelists sharing their career paths, a look at what their job entails, transferrable skills for those looking to make a change, tips for uncovering opportunities, advice for others, and how to make brave leaps. This panel discussion will be moderated by Leah Cole, Director Immunology at Sanofi Pasteur.

Panelists include
- Michelle Avery, PhD, Senior Director, Investor Relations at Pandion Therapeutics 
- Guissou Dabiri, President, GD Scientific & Medical Writing
- Michael Hooks, Senior Director, Medical, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
- Jennifer Kuhns, Regional Medical Scientific Director, Merck & Co. GU Oncology
- Joe Medicis, Director of US Medical Affairs, Calliditas Therapeutics AB
- Evelyn Volsi Finegold, Medical Science Liaison, Clinical Development, Jounce Therapeutics

Panelists' Bios are below 


Date and Time:  
April 14, 2021
4:00-5:30 PM

4:00-4:05pm: Welcome
4:05-5:10pm: Panel discussion
5:10-5:30pm: Small group speed networking (2 rounds)




Members, Students, Postdocs: $5; Non-Members: $15

Given our mission is to promote women's development in STEM we would like to offer a free spot in our workshops to those in transition between jobs or who cannot afford the ticket price. Please contact [email protected] if you qualify.

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See other events in this series
1/20: Career Possibilities Panel: New Commercial Strategy, Product Planning, Marketing
2/10: Career Possibilities Panel: Discovery, Research
3/03: Career Possibilities Panel: Clinical, Regulatory, Development
3/24: Career Possibilities Panel: Portfolio Strategy, Project Management, Scientific Operations
5/05: Career Possibilities Panel: Business Development and Intellectual Property


Michelle Avery, Senior Director, Investor Relations, Pandion Therapeutics

Michelle earned her PhD in neuroscience from UMass Medical. She spent 4.5 years at MacDougall Biomedical Communications – an agency focused solely on life sciences communications which provides public relations, investor relations, corp comms and strategic services. She left to work for one of her clients, Summit Therapeutics, for 5 years – a UK headquartered, dual-listed company. She headed up US investor relations/corp comms and patient engagement. Michelle joined Pandion in September to head up IR/corp comms.

Leah Cole, Director of Immunology at Sanofi Pasteur

Leah Cole leads a group of research scientists working in the preclinical space. As her work is located within the first step of the product development pipeline, Leah’s goal is to identify prophylactic vaccine candidates for infectious disease pathogens. Leah has had a variety of roles with WEST and has been a member of the grant writing as well as the programming/events committee. She is currently a member of the advisory board. 

Guissou Dabiri, President, GD Scientific & Medical Writing

Guissou is a medical writer running her own business as GD Scientific & Medical Writing, LLC for the past 15 years. In her business she works with pharmaceutical and biotech companies to prepare regulatory documents (protocols, clinical study reports, investigator’s brochures, briefing documents, submission documents, and more) and write manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. Previous to this business, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ~10 years involved in many aspects of drug development from Phase I-IV, including clinical development, study operations and regulatory affairs. Her educational background includes an AB from Bryn Mawr College in biology and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in cell biology.

Evelyn Volsi Finegold, Medical Science Liaison, Clinical Development, Jounce Therapeutics

Evelyn is a biologist with a PhD in Immunology, with 10 years of research experience in molecular biology, proteomics, molecular immunology and immunology, mostly in Brazil but also NYC (visiting student at Rockefeller University). Currently, she is MSL at Jounce Therapeutics since 2019, based in NY city covering more than 20 states in US. Prior to Jounce, she worked at AstraZeneca Latin America and Novartis (Brazil), 6 years with Oncology and Immuno-Oncology (NSCLC, bladder, HNSCC) and 5 years with neurology, ophthalmology, immunology, and dermatology. She also has several years of clinical trial expertise, pre and post launch experience, working inside Pharma for 10 years in Medical Affairs, as a Regional Medical Director, Medical Director and MSL. Finally, she also has 2 years of experience in marketing as a Brand Manager in Oncology. She is fluent in Portuguese and English, but also speak Spanish and started learning Hebrew.